Wedding RSVP Etiquette For Guests - Helpful Tips


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As temperatures begin to warm up, wedding season is right around the corner. When attending a wedding, it’s important to abide by standard etiquette. We all know it’s important to RSVP by the due date, dress appropriately and show up to all events on time. But as times progress, so does wedding etiquette. Here are a few additional things to keep in mind the next time you attend someone’s special day.

Evites
While sending out paper invitations is the traditional thing to do, the digital age has entered the wedding scene and more invitations are being sent out electronically. Wedding evites make the response process faster and are more economically and environmentally friendly. However, they can be out of the ordinary for the guests. It’s easy to forget to RSVP online, and not all guests are tech-savvy. If you receive an evite, be sure to RSVP right away so you don’t forget or write a note reminding yourself to RSVP when you know whether or not you can attend. Not only will this help prevent you from forgetting to send your response, but it makes the bride and groom’s lives a whole lot easier.   

Make Note of Dietary Restrictions
In the past few years, dietary restrictions have become more common. Whether it’s for health reasons, allergies or purely preference, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options have become the norm. If you fall into one of these categories, don’t hesitate to make a note of that on your RSVP. Wedding venues will generally cater to guests’ specific dietary needs and it is polite to relay that information beforehand, so the planning process can go smoothly.

Silence Your Electronics
We know it’s a given that cell phones should be silenced at weddings, don’t forget about your other electronics. With all the wearable technology and new tech devices, it’s easy to forget to turn everything off or leave the volume on. If you’re wearing an Apple Watch or Fitbit, or even have a small tablet in your purse, be sure that absolutely everything is silenced. There’s nothing worse than being the guest who has an alarm go off in the middle of the ceremony.

Be Smart About Your Shoes
Many brides and bridesmaids will often swap out their heels for flats after the ceremony. Do not go barefoot. Not only does this come off as tacky, but it isn’t the most sanitary choice and you risk stepping on something sharp. If you know you can’t bear to wear your heels for too long, bring a pair of flats with you. You may even see a flip flop basket at a wedding. A recent trend is for couples to provide flip flops for guests to wear on the dance floor during the reception, and then take home as a memento.

Next time you receive a wedding invitation, consider these tips along with the standard rules. They may seem simple, but you may be surprised how often the little things can be forgotten. If you’re hosting a wedding and looking for the perfect venue, consider Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club for your special day. As a premier Phoenix-area wedding venue, our event venues offer the perfect setting for any occasion. Contact us today for more information about choosing Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club for your wedding or special event.